Americans appreciably better in Day 2

Originally Published: May 25, 2009
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- It's hard to believe, but Venus Williams has been coming to Roland Garros for 13 years now. In the midst of this undeniably fallow period for Americans at Roland Garros, there is some comfort in that.

She may not move on the red clay with the sure footing that has brought her five titles on the grass at Wimbledon, but Williams grinds and grinds, and in a dozen French Opens, she has failed to win at least two matches only twice.

On Monday, Venus played ...

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